New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft is hoping for a sense of normalcy during the 2021-22 NFL season after playing last year without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kraft, who is also chair of the Massachusetts General Hospital Board of Trustees, made his case for allowing fans at full capacity during the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last week, according to Pro Football Talk.
With vaccines becoming more widely available, Kraft believes “herd immunity” in communities could be a thing.
“Once vaccines have been available in a community for a long enough period of time where anyone who’s wanted one could’ve gotten it and reached two weeks past their second shot, just to take the outlying point, then I don’t know why you shouldn’t be at full capacity,” Kraft said.
“It’s sort of intellectually dishonest to say we’re going to be at a quarter percent of capacity even though theoretically you have herd immunity in the local population. At some point you have to get back to living your lives.”
Of course, local governments and officials will have the final say on what is and isn’t allowed when it comes to large gatherings within their states. Sure, that could lead to some stadiums allowing fans while others don’t and can provide a greater home field advantage, but that’s something teams will have to deal with when the time comes.